Friday, February 10, 2006

Once Man and Dragon were one.
Man chose Land and Sea,
Dragon chose Wind and Fire.

Based on the Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin.

The literal translation of the Japanese is "GED military history" or "A military history of GED". A more sensible translation is "Ged's war chronicle" or "Ged's history of the war". The official English title is "Tales from Earthsea".

Directed by Goro MIYAZAKI, script by Goro MIYAZAKI and Keiko NIWA, music by Tamiya TERASHIMA.

When word came out that the next Studio Ghibli feature would be a Miyazaki film fans responded with a hearty "Hurray! He's not retiring!" And then it turned out that it would be a film directed by Goro Miyazaki, the son of the famed Hayao, a man whose previous experience mostly involved topiary gardening and the operations of the Ghibli Museum. And then word came out that daddy wasn't real happy with Goro following in his footsteps. Well, Goro has now publicly responded to his father's displeasure by largely refusing to respond to it and asking that people simply judge him by his work, which is a good response, really. I mean, the guy's already cursed to be compared with one of the most famous animaters in the world simply thanks to his name, no point in making it worse by getting in a public scrap with dad ...

You can find a full translation of Goro's response over at Kaiju Shakedown.


Studio Ghibli, home of the big animation kahuna himself, Hayao Miyazaki, has updated their official site and announced that their next project (spoken of in rumors) will be an adaptation of Ursula K. LeGuin's A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA and it'll be directed by Miyazaki's son, Goro. It's got a July 2006 release date.

Miyazaki has said he doesn't approve of his son directing a movie, and Goro responds on the new site.

(Thanks to for their fine work in bringing this to everyone's attention, and to Twitch which has more on the story)

Translation coming right up! (tr: means a translator's note) - posted by Adamu.

Title: Introductory remarks -- My father was against this

My father, Hayao Miyazaki, was against me directing "Ged War Journal" [tr: my guess at a literal translation of the movie's title].

This may sound abrupt. However, first, I would like to make this clear.

Also, to speak truthfully, to open a diary on the Internet and come out in front of everybody was not necessarily my desire. If I had something that I wanted to tell [everyone] with my own voice, that would be, "I want you to watch the work I have completed." That is all.

My desire as a director is to "have people watch 'Ged War Journal' with direct feeling and no idle thoughts," that is all.

However, once the promotion for 'Ged War Journal' begins, for better or worse, the adjective "Hayao Miyazaki's son" will be applied to its director, myself. In response to that, the conclusion that producer Toshio Suzuki reached was, of course, to "respond with the product itself" but also "in order to compete with the product itself, we should acquaint people with Goro Miyazaki as an individual person, not 'Hayao Miyazaki's son.'"

After mulling over all that I too agreed with that view. In short, I decided to try to experiment, even if the order is backwards, to have people watch the work 'Ged War Journal' without preconceptions by expressing what I was thinking as a director through this diary.

I chose the internet as the method [to express my thoughts] because it is the medium that can connect with people most directly. Of course, ideas such as accepting media interviews or press conferences, as has been done before, were also considered. However, I felt that in order to carry out the above-mentioned experiment, I would be able to express my ideas in a more frank manner by not working through the filter of the media.

I will not brashly state here the reason why my father was against [me directing this film] as I stated in the beginning. I think I should reveal that as I describe the path which led me to work as a director and the daily production status.

Finally, there are two reasons why I took on the direction of 'Ged War Journal.' That I felt attraction toward the story of 'Ged War Journal' is the first. The second is that I noticed something in me, that it was difficult to brush away the feelings I had toward animation that I had pretended not to notice until now, for reasons including the relationship with my father.

I don't want to talk specifically about the content of the movie before it is released, but the theme that I wish to express through the movie come out clearly:

"What is it to live honestly these days?"

That is the way of life that I wish I could be like, and it is also the theme of this diary.

This film will feature in July 2006 & I am already looking forward to watch it!

Hayao Miyazaki's films have left me a very deep impression. Everytime I watch his animation, I'll always have a kind of mixed feeling of don't know what to do, but just feeling sad...

I truly hope this upcoming animation ゲド戦記 directed by his son will not be screwed up or I'll be real disappointed; I'll start to throw tantrum like lightning flashes across the sky followed by thunderous roar & create multiple waves of tsunami.


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